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Several Nations Could Legalize Adult Use Cannabis In 2021—Which Could Be Next?

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Last year came close to seeing two nations pass adult use cannabis laws. Ultimately, both efforts fell short. New Zealand saw its cannabis referendum rejected by voters in November, losing by a 51.1% to 48.8% margin. In Mexico, Congress was given its third extension to pass its law—pushing a decision into 2021. 

While disappointing, one of the two nations remains on the cusp of legalization, as is a country pivotal in the advancement of cannabis research and technology. Other nations could take action in 2021, although their prospects appear more likely to occur in the coming years. 


Which Country Will Legalize Cannabis Next?

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It may be hard to pinpoint the exact time when cannabis will be legalized worldwide, but it’s a safe bet that eventually, most, if not all of the planet, will end cannabis prohibition.

In theory, there could always be a limited amount of countries that stay on the wrong side of history for a very long time. However, most countries will presumably legalize at some point.

Cannabis prohibition is a failed public policy wherever it exists, and that, combined with the economic benefits of a vibrant cannabis industry, is going to influence lawmakers around the globe to step up and end prohibition in their jurisdictions.


What history teaches us about shaping South Africa’s new cannabis laws

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South African cannabis policy is currently at a crossroads. In 2018, the Constitutional Court effectively decriminalized private cannabis use. Since then, the government has continued to grapple with how to regulate this plant and its products, locally called ‘dagga’.


Fly with Cannabis – Which Countries Let You Do It

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Different ways to be legal

Not only does every country have its own laws regarding the use, possession, sale, cultivation, and import/export of cannabis, but often these categories too can be broken down further into medical legalizations, recreational legalizations, and even religious legalizations, each with its own set of laws concerning use, possession, sale, cultivation, and import/export.


Big problems with South Africa’s proposed cannabis laws

The Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, tabled in parliament on 1 September, provides clarity around the growing and private use of cannabis in South Africa.

While the bill can be seen as the first step in a revised, progressive approach to cannabis in the country, the proposed legislation also throws up a number of red flags, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.


South Africa and Medical marijuana: The debate about the pros and cons continues

The extract of Cannabis sativa (marijuana) was once one of the most highly prescribed medicines in the United States — until its prohibition in 1937. After becoming illegal, the use of the drug for medicinal purposes became restricted, however, in recent years, when some states decided to legalise smoked marijuana for individual patients, medical marijuana became a subject of contentious debate.

On the one hand, The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug and considers it has “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy, and meth and are considered to be dangerous drugs because they’re highly addictive and may cause “severe psychological or physical dependence”.


Government working on new cannabis laws for South Africa

The Department of Social Development says that it is in the process of developing new legislation around the possession and use of cannabis in South Africa.

In a ‘national drug master plan‘ published on Thursday (25 June), the department said that the new rules would be in line with the September 2018 Constitutional Court ruling on private use.


Marijuana: Africa could be the next giant cannabis grower in the world

South Africa is optimistic that it can bring cannabis to produce a million-dollar business as the countries fights for its legality.

Africa is getting ready to take over the world of cannabis farming as its several countries fight for the legality of the leaf drug.  For years, Africa had domesticated cannabis for a lot of reasons.

Smoking pots have been traced back to the 14th-century pipes. Ethiopian pipes are among the most common sources of cannabis trackings. However, with the church’s accession in colonial times, cannabis was banned.


Updates on laws around cannabis cultivation in South Africa

Currently, South Africa is one of only three African countries that permit the cultivation of medical cannabis, notes Darryl Bernstein, partner and head of dispute resolution, and Rui Lopes, associate, dispute resolution, Baker McKenzie Johannesburg.

In South Africa, a licence for cannabis production can be obtained, but the processes for its provision are stringent, Baker McKenzie said.

Further recent legal developments in the country point to a growing attempt to harness the plant’s potential and ensure adequate control of the cultivation and sale of cannabis products.

Below, Bernstein and Lopes navigate through the current cannabis legislation in South Africa.


Israel: How Do You Export Cannabis in the Time of Coronavirus?

It’s tough to be stuck in the house, especially if you want to save the world. Or at least your company. Some Israelis are finding ways to do business that would under non-coronaviral conditions require them to fly.


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